31 Jan Hyperlocal radio and do-it-yourself networks — Grassroots Radio on the Horizon Magazine
A well informed overview of Grassroots Radio has been published on the Horizon Magazine, the research and innovation magazine of the European Union. The press item focuses on the need to bring radio to remote communities that the project aims to tackle. With an FM signal broadcast over a catchment area of only a few kilometres, researchers at work in the project are in fact finding new and surprising ways to connect remote or rural communities, even in areas where communications may be patchy.
The article also features an interview with Chris Csíkszentmihályi, Project and Scientific Coordinator, who claims:
We think that FM is still a very useful and very important medium, and it deserves a fresh look as to how it works … and how will it interact with … these more recent technologies. While it may be relatively old technology now, it is still very relevant in many parts of the world. What differentiates these stations from a lot of community radio stations is that they are very highly networked, so they are all going off a strong connection to the internet and mobile telephony.
The Grassroots Radio project makes FM frequencies available for hyperlocal community radio stations, which can work off a transmitter connected to a mobile phone, broadcasting over a radius of up to 12 km, perhaps covering a neighbourhood, or a village and its surroundings.